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Man visits Truro during cross country journey to raise awareness for animal welfare

Rich Adams is on a journey to raise awareness about animal welfare. He is travelling by scooter and during a stop in Truro he had the chance to meet a local dog called Lexxie
Rich Adams is on a journey to raise awareness about animal welfare. He is travelling by scooter and during a stop in Truro he had the chance to meet a local dog called Lexxie - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Rich Adams was working in Korea when he saw a video that changed his life.
“It was a video about dogs being killed for meat and it was horrible,” he said. “I wanted to help the dogs. 
“Then someone said we couldn’t judge because we eat pigs and cows. Every animal feels and thinks, so I decided to quit eating meat.”
He adopted a vegetarian diet, and a few years ago became vegan. He also acted on his desire to help dogs.
“In May 2018, I set out on a journey across South Korea on a kick scooter,” he said. “I wanted to raise awareness about the dog meat trade, and because the scooter was so unusual there, it drew attention.
“It was a 633-kilometre trip and, while I saw a lot of beauty, I also went past dog farms where I saw animals in filthy cages and heard their howls. I thought, ‘How do I leave them here?’ I promised I would go back and rescue some of them.”
One of the animals he saw was Kathy. The little white dog was alone in a dirty cage, with no shelter from the elements. She was one of 14 dogs Adams, with help from a Korean rescue organization, was able to directly help. After receiving veterinary care, she arrived in Canada and he took her home.
“Unfortunately, she had serious problems and her health deteriorated,” said Adams, trying to hold back tears. “I didn’t have her long, but at least she knew a loving touch in the end. She passed away in my arms and I let her ashes go by the Rockies. I like to think of her running through the Rockies forever.”
He’s making his Canadian journey in honour of Kathy, telling her story to people he meets as he travels.
“What I want to do is raise awareness for all dogs, and all animals,” he said. “I realize there are a lot of animals here who need help too.
“I hope people will reflect on their actions. Most are compassionate, but some don’t understand the pain their actions are causing.”
Adams began his Canadian journey in Halifax on April 1. He’ll travel as far as he’s able to by July 1, when he has to return home to Alberta, where he works as an arborist.
For more information on his journey and his campaigns, visit Rich the Vegan at https://www.richthevegan.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rich.the.vegan/ 
 

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